Sioux Falls prison inmates are caring for a special group of orphaned puppies.
The Paroled Pups Program at the South Dakota State Penitentiary is giving inmates a chance to work with and train a group of puppies, which will later be adopted.
It has become just as beneficial for the inmates as it is for the pups.
The humane society loves the program and so does everyone at the penitentiary.
The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society got a litter of six puppies that didn't have a mother about a month ago.
They were only a couple of days old.
The minimum-security inmates chosen to take care of them were selected after an interview process and had to care for them 24 hours a day and had to bottle feed them every few hours.
The puppies are about five or six weeks old now, but the inmates also work with adult dogs.
If an animal has anxiety at the shelter or has behavioral issues, the inmates train them.
Andy Oestreich is the humane officer at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
She says the program helps the inmates, the animals and the public.
Because they're taking dogs that could be a danger and rehabilitating them.
She said she is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful program.
"I just can't say enough. I think this is one of my favorite programs and it seems like the staff they know all the animals and they know the dog handlers and they communicate really well so it's a lesson all the way around," said Oestreich.
All of the dogs in the paroled pups program are adoptable.
The information is on the humane society's website.